(DREADNOUGHT). ~ Visit (By Command of His Majesty the King) of his Excellency the Prime Minister of Nepal to H.M.S. “Dreadnought”, Friday, June 19th, 1908. [London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, Ltd, 1908].
8vo (192 × 120 mm), pp. 5,  (including final blank leaf), 7 original photographs (mounted) each with tissue guards bearing printed captions, folding chart to pocket at rear. Original blue calf, gilt, with Royal arms, naval device and title, watered silk endpapers. Spine very slightly rubbed, but a fine copy.
A commemorative volume (’Not for Publication’) issued to accompany the Nepalese Prime Minister’s visit to HMS Dreadnought on exercise in the English Channel. The superb photographs depict: The Dreadnought, a submarine (4 plates: beached; on the surface; in the act of diving; submerged), a torpedo boat destroyer (2 plates: ‘going 30 knots’, ‘going 36 knots’). The Nepalese deputation witnessed a demonstration of firing from the Dreadnought and of the deflection of torpedoes with its safety nets. Dreanought, pride of the British navy, launched in 1906 was a revolutionary battleship which stimulated the Anglo-German arms race and gave its name to an entire class of heavily armoured craft. It was widely publicised as part of British naval propaganda and shown-off to numerous foreign visitors. The Nepalese Prime Minister was the Maharaja Sri Teen Chandra Shamsher Jang Bahadur Rana (1863–1929), one of three nephews who had ordered the assassination of their uncle Maharaja Ranodip Singh Kunwar in the Nepali coup of 1885.
Two years later, Dreadnought was at the centre of an embarrassing episode in which several members of the Bloomsbury Group (including Virginia Woolf) led by Horace de Vere Cole masqueraded as an Abyssinian royal party on a similar state visit, inspecting the ship in full costume, talking among themselves in Latin and Greek and exclaiming ‘Bunga Bunga!’ at every appropriate opportunity. They narrowly escaped arrest.
OCLC/Copac list the Imperial War Museum copy only.